By Emily Zemba
Directed by Kelly Kerwin
OKC Rep in partnership with Oklahoma Contemporary
Te Ata Theater
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
11 NW 11th St. | Oklahoma City, OK 73103
FEBRUARY 23-MARCH 5, 2023
A foreigner finds a "lucky" penny on the ground. When he offers it to the pleasantly anxious stranger sitting next him, it sparks an absurd and startling conversation about superstitions and American bad luck. What follows is an off-kilter day in the life of eight strangers as their lives intersect in comical and bizarre ways. Superstitions is a revolving-door of missed connections, funny misunderstandings, and ridiculous monsters that spring to life before our eyes.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Emily Zemba is a playwright, screenwriter, and occasional puppeteer hailing from Old Lyme, CT. She grew up watching Agatha Christie mysteries and reruns of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Emily was last in Oklahoma City helping create Of a Mind: Oklahoma City, an immersive audio tour commissioned by OKC Rep. She's thrilled to be back -- with new and old and dear friends. Some of her other plays include Deer and the Lovers (First Floor Theater), The Strangers Came Today (Society Theatre), Clockwork (Local Lab), and Come Back Richard Simmons (Ars Nova, directed by Kelly!). Emily is an affiliated artist with New Georges and The Playwrights Center, and a member of Society Theatre Co. She has taught playwriting and theater at Manhattanville College, Wesleyan University, The Strasberg Institute, and more. MFA: Yale School of Drama | emilyzemba.com
Helen Shaw for NEW YORK MAGAZINE
"Zemba’s writing is succinct and adds a punchy coloring to the various interactions, painting a horror-twinged “Love Actually,” a cosmic-tinted web of connections vacillating between endearing and eerie."